Frank Lampard is in serious danger of losing his job as Everton manager after a report revealed how the board may respond to their latest defeat.
Everton suffered a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Brighton on Tuesday. Despite drawing with reigning champions Manchester City in their most recent fixture before it, the records show they are now six Premier League games without a win.
They were booed off the pitch at Goodison Park after their humiliation against Brighton. Now, Lampard’s position as manager is coming under serious scrutiny.
According to talkSPORT, the former Chelsea boss is “on the verge of being sacked”.
The radio station’s report has predicted that Lampard “may not reach his one-year anniversary” as Everton manager. He originally accepted the job on January 31 last year.
Although he steered them to safety by the end of the 2021-22 season, they are now looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone again.
Everton are just one point above the drop zone after 18 games. All four teams below them have a game in hand over them, too.
Therefore, now may be the time for Everton to make a change if they are to preserve their Premier League status.
Sacking Lampard now would allow them to find a new manager to build a squad for in the January transfer window. It is not yet clear who they have in mind to replace him, though. That may add an element of risk to any plans to immediately remove the 44-year-old.
Lampard sack possible as next Everton change
Still, there is a growing feeling that something needs to change at Everton. They have chopped and changed managers in recent years and Lampard is unlikely to be immune to the board’s policies.
Since Farhad Moshiri became the club’s majority shareholder around seven years ago, Everton have sacked five head coaches. Lampard is potentially days away from meeting the same fate.
The board themselves have been coming under pressure from the fans, who were chanting for their own departures on Tuesday as well.
Everton’s next fixture is away at Manchester United in the FA Cup third round on Friday. Their hosts will go into the match on the back of four consecutive wins, all with clean sheets.
Hence, another challenge is on the horizon for Everton. It remains to be seen if Lampard will be the one to oversee it, or if he might even be gone by then.
This has been Lampard’s third job in management after stints with Derby County and Chelsea. There was a year-long gap between this job and his last one, so it will be interesting to see what the next step for the former England midfielder might be if Everton do dismiss him.
He said after the Brighton game: “Since I’ve been here we’ve been in this situation of fighting relegation.
“It’s not a case of fear. I can’t control the talk or the decision when you are around this area of the table. When you lose a game like this I absolutely understand any reaction.
“I am very confident in myself and will work to turn it around. The only concern you can have is the work you do the next day.
“I arrived in a relegation battle and you have to focus on going again.”
After the aforementioned FA Cup clash, Everton will have a crucial Premier League match against fellow strugglers Southampton – who are currently bottom of the table – on January 14.